Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

2019 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley

Whether exploring the estate around medieval Haddon Hall, or tackling more challenging terrain in the Peak District national park, walkers are in their element at Lord and Lady Manners’s 17th-century hotel. Ask reception for their walks folder.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • historic
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Farlam Hall

Farlam Hall

Brampton

Thoughtful route guides to local walks have been compiled by the long-time owners of this manor house hotel near the top of the North Pennines and just three miles from coast-to-coast Hadrian’s Wall Path.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
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The Creggans Inn

The Creggans Inn

Strachur

From a stroll along the Loch Fyne shore, to exploring enchanted Puck’s Glen, broad leaf and conifer forests and waterfalls, great walks start at the door of this friendly inn, or are just a short drive away.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • weddings
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
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Leathes Head Hotel

Leathes Head Hotel

Borrowdale

Guests can order a picnic before setting out from this Edwardian country house hotel, perhaps to follow a waymarked path ten miles around Derwentwater, or to climb to the top of Catbells for panoramic views.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • weddings
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau

Bala

You can take a scenic walk around Bala lake, pick up a family or heritage trail, head for hill or mountain, from this lovely Snowdonia B&B. A good breakfast sets you up; drying facilities await your return.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • value
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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Trevalsa Court

Trevalsa Court

Mevagissey

Steps from the Coastal Path, this friendly small hotel offers a variety of walking and strolling options. Head across country to the Lost Gardens of Heligan – lost no more – and return for a Cornish cream tea.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • garden
  • wi-fi
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Dunkery Beacon Country House

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay

From this Edwardian hunting lodge, walkers climb to the top of the eponymous beacon hill, or pick up the Coleridge Way across Exmoor towards Lynmouth or Nether Stowey in the footsteps of the great poet. How romantic is that!
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • wine
  • wi-fi
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Stella Maris

Stella Maris

Ballycastle

You pass a blow hole on the walk to the sea stack of Downpatrick Head, topped with the ruins of a church founded by St Patrick. One of many thrilling forays from this hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

Tea and biscuits await Rover’s return to this dog-friendly rural B&B, after a day roaming the blue remembered hills of Shropshire, visiting Ironbridge Gorge, or browsing the specialist food shops in nearby Ludlow.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • view
  • wi-fi
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The Plough

The Plough

Kelmscott

You can pick up the Thames Path from this welcoming pub-with-rooms in the William Morris heartlands, perhaps to walk to Lechlade, or past a pretty lock- keeper’s cottage, for a crafty pint in The Trout at Tadpole Bridge.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi

2018 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Hazel Bank

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Borrowdale

Gary and Donna MacRae take evident pride in their hotel in its own wooded grounds, perched above this hamlet in the Borrowdale valley.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • view
  • parking
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The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley

Built in 1652 as a manor house, this stone inn on the edge of the Peak District national park is owned by Lord and Lady Manners of nearby Haddon Hall
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • historic
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Ees Wyke Country House

Ees Wyke Country House - Two Night Break Special Offer

Near Sawrey

‘We will never tire of the stunning location, lovely rooms, superb food and excellent hospitality.’ Praise from readers, on a fourth visit to Richard Lee’s Georgian country house overlooking Esthwaite Water.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • historic
  • wi-fi
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Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse - Winter Foodie Special Offer

Clearwell

A lovely little hotel,’ writes a reader on a return visit to Hari and Colin Fell’s ingeniously converted farm buildings in the Forest of Dean.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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The Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell

Whitewell

‘A lovely place to stay,’ writes a reader in 2018, of this popular old inn. On the banks of the River Hodder, it has views to the Forest of Bowland.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • activities
  • wi-fi
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Porth Tocyn Hotel

Porth Tocyn Hotel

Abersoch

A Welsh rarebit on the tip of Cardigan Bay, this ‘lovely, wacky’ hotel is a family-friendly, family-run affair.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • country_house
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Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

Reputedly Ireland’s longest running hotel under one family’s ownership: its ‘true country house’ atmosphere and easy access to rural pursuits draw back guests year after year.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • view
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
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Crossways Hotel

Crossways Hotel

Wilmington

Perennial visitors reported ‘a warm welcome’ from Clive James and David Stott at their restaurant-with-rooms – ‘a cherished institution to many Glyndebourne regulars’ – at the foot of the South Downs.
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • wi-fi
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Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Rannoch Station

The overnight sleeper from London arrives in the middle of nowhere in time for a breakfast of porridge with Drambuie at Scott Meikle and Stephanie Graham’s restaurant-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • view
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The Gurnard’s Head

The Gurnard’s Head

Zennor

‘We cannot praise it too highly,’ says a report this year on brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin’s dining pub with rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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2017 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Pen-y-Dyffryn

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Oswestry

‘We always look forward to staying.’ Miles and Audrey Hunter’s ‘tranquil’ small hotel on the Welsh border received a flurry of praise from new and regular visitors this year.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
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Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse - Winter Foodie Special Offer

Clearwell

A lovely little hotel,’ writes a reader on a return visit to Hari and Colin Fell’s ingeniously converted farm buildings in the Forest of Dean.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan House Hotel - Three nights for Two Special Offer

Glenfinnan

Built for a veteran of Culloden and remodelled in Victorian times, Jane MacFarlane’s stone mansion stands in a breathtaking situation on the shores of Loch Shiel, with views of Ben Nevis and the Glenfinnan Monument.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • country_house
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
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Howtown Hotel

Howtown Hotel

Ullswater

For almost 120 years, the Baldry family have welcomed guests to their ancient farmhouse overlooking Lake Ullswater. ‘Wonderfully old-fashioned’ or ‘lost in time’, it’s a Marmite sort of hotel
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • view
  • guest_house
  • golf
  • wi-fi
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Biggin Hall

Biggin Hall

Biggin-by-hartington

‘We were welcomed with a complimentary Pimm’s,’ write Guide insiders, who dined at James Moffett’s historic stone manor house in the Peak District national park.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • wi-fi
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The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin

Felin Fach

‘Our puppy absolutely loved the place!’ writes a reader, of this dining pub in a hamlet between the Brecon Beacons and the Black mountains.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
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Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Rannoch Station

The overnight sleeper from London arrives in the middle of nowhere in time for a breakfast of porridge with Drambuie at Scott Meikle and Stephanie Graham’s restaurant-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • view
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Boskerris Hotel

Boskerris Hotel

St Ives

For all its charms, arty St Ives is thronged in high summer, when Jonathan and Marianne Bassett’s hillside hotel offers a bright, airy escape.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Dunkery Beacon Country House

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay

‘Our first visit and not our last to this lovely welcoming hotel,’ writes a trusted reader, of John and Jane Bradley’s Edwardian hunting lodge, a beacon of excellence in Exmoor national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • wine
  • wi-fi
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Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Nant Gwynant

Why visit the Pullees’ ‘eccentric’ and ‘old-fashioned’ hotel at the foot of Snowdonia? Well, because it’s there. It was run by the same family back in 1953 when it hosted Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they trained to climb Everest, and not a lot has changed since then.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view

2016 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Titchwell Manor

Titchwell Manor - 30% Discount Midweek Special Offer

Titchwell

Far-reaching golden marshland provides a striking backdrop to Margaret and Ian Snaith’s Victorian farmhouse hotel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Underleigh House

Underleigh House

Hope

A 19th-century cottage and barn combine as one exceptional B&B on private land within the Peak District national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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The Burgoyne

The Burgoyne

Reeth

‘A delight,’ writes one reader this year of Mo and Julia Usman’s Georgian hotel overlooking the green. ‘Fantastic views, cosy comfy atmosphere, exceptional cuisine and service.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • view
  • disabled
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